Budgeting for a Bathroom Renovation

Budgeting for a Bathroom Renovation

People frequently ask how much will a bathroom renovation cost and whether if it’s better to do a partial renovation or to gut it. For this article, we will work with the costs associated with renovating an existing 5′x7′ bathroom. With the exception of newer bathrooms (5-7 years old), usually, nothing can be salvaged. Gutting the full bathroom and replacing all is normally the most efficient approach. This also ensures that by beginning the bathroom renovation project from scratch, all electrical and plumbing will be updated, avoiding nasty surprises a few months (or years) down the road that can mess up your brand new bathroom.

Full replacement bathroom renovation projects usually start at around $18,000, and average approximately $22,000.

Describing the Bathroom Renovation Project

Below is a bathroom renovation estimate by a full service home renovations company. The project normally includes:

  • Removal of existing 5′ x 7′ bathroom and complete demolition
  • Framing for floor replacement and shower walls
  • Plumbing for toilet, vanity sink and alcove tub
  • Electrical for fan light, vanity light and GFCI outlet
  • Paint
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Tile flooring and shower surround (12×12′ floor with 4×6′ ceramic wall)
  • Vanity cabinet and solid counters
  • Installation of all bathroom accessories and fixtures

Cost Breakdown for Bathroom Renovation (all amounts in Canadian Dollars)

Job Phase

Labor

Trade

Materials

Total

Permits

100

100

Site Preparation

750

100

850

Demolition

1400

1400

Dumpster

500

500

Framing

1000

500

1500

Plumbing

3400

1400

4800

Millwork & Trim

1500

200

1700

Cabinets

1000

1000

Insulation

300

150

450

Drywall

700

600

1300

Tile

1000

400

1400

Painting

1000

150

1150

HVAC

500

100

600

Electrical

2500

1000

3500

Grand Total

$7,650

$7,000

$5,600

$20,250

Other Possible Costs to Consider

There are other items that could add to the cost of the renovation. These items are in addition to the basic bathroom renovation project described above. These additional items include:

  • Higher end bathroom fixtures
  • Changes to additional plumbing like drain pipes and water supplies
  • Hand held showers and body spays
  • Replacing doors
  • Replacing windows
  • Adding a glass shower door
  • Additional tile costs
  • Changes to heating / adding special insulation
  • Adding in-floor heating, etc.

Now you have a sample bathroom renovation quote, based on basic specifications. Actual costs will vary greatly depending on many factors, however, this is an example of a typical reno.

Interested in having your bathroom renovated? Contact us to get an exact estimate for your bathroom.